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post #1961 of 2029 Old 06-07-2019, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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You all are such a cool bunch, I love reading your comments and conversations! And would love to chime in right now, but it's morning and we have some sun before the next front moves in later today, and the dog wants walking, and I can probably sneak a ride as well, hooray!

So I will return here when it's dark and join in, but meanwhile I wanted to leave metaphorical food for everyone. Since I unfortunately don't have the technology to serve it up internationally, the thought will have to count, and of course recipes are always available (plus, anyone here want to post their favourite treats / recipes?).

Rye waffles with home-made concentrated plums (from the Satsuma tree):



@Spanish Rider , Brett would like to order two light sabres, please! Both in red...

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post #1962 of 2029 Old 06-09-2019, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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I was up late watching the French Open Women's Final - our Ash Barty won it - as did our Dylan Alcott for the Wheelchair Men's Singles - so it was a big day for the Aussies!



And she's such a lovely girl too - very nice human being!

So I'm a little comatose today - and there's still tonight's Men's Final to go...

Meanwhile: @MissLulu , I would love to know more about your owner build! Why did you decide to, what did you want to build and why, how did you stay sane, has it lives up to expectations etc?

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post #1963 of 2029 Old 06-09-2019, 12:41 AM
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@SueC , those waffles look amazing!



It is an interesting hobby! I also like photography. I'm not very good at it but I enjoy it. I have a nice camera that my husband gave me for Christmas a few years ago. I really like my camera. It allows me to take photos and show other people how I see the world. But I don't love my camera, I like it. Last night I was just about asleep when my daughter's Border Collie jumped up on the bed and curled up next to me. My daughter wanted to do agility so five years ago I put a deposit down for this dog before she was born and we brought her home as a nine week old puppy. I love this little dog. I love her so much I adopted another Border Collie from a rescue so now I have two. It is quite interesting to have a hobby where you love the thing that allows you to do that hobby.



I talked to my trainer today. She doesn't feel I did anything wrong the day I got tossed into the dirt. Just Miss Lulu being green and not tolerating me not being perfect. I still love my sassy horse so all is well.
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post #1964 of 2029 Old 06-09-2019, 01:03 AM
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@SueC We built our home in 2002 and are still working on it! It is rammed earth so our exterior walls and some of the interior walls are 18" (46? cm) thick. My husband wanted to build a home and before building our home had built just about everything except a house. Bridges, dams, prisons.... He sort of has experience building everything! Our house is about two feet (.6 meters, I think) wider then originally planned because I insisted that our pickup should fit in the garage. It barely fits. I can close the garage door and if you want to get to the other side of the garage you either have to climb over the bed or crawl through the cab. But it fits!


Here is a photo of my cat sitting on a ladder next to our walls.
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Ooooh, that's lovely, and rammed earth just right for the climate too!

I will be more coherent when I recover from watching two late-night French Open finals, and spending all day today writing an article I've just sent off hooray...


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post #1966 of 2029 Old 06-10-2019, 07:33 AM
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กกก Rafa, Rafa, Rafa !!!

@MissLulu , super cool house! You got us beat by 4 cm - our walls are only 42 cm thick.
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post #1967 of 2029 Old 06-11-2019, 04:04 AM
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Danes & Scandinavians: I am often asked if I am Scandinavian, and I have even had Danes and Swedes approach me in their languages in Madrid. I have often though it would be fun to visit a Scandinavian country to experience the feeling of "fitting in", which I never get here. I stick out like a sore thumb and turns heads in Spain.

My mum's cousin (diplomat) married a Danish woman. They were not able to have children, so they adopted two children while stationed in Korea in the 70's (so, the kids are my age). Apparently, they had lots of fun shocking people in Copenhagen by speaking perfect Danish, way back when before there were Asians in Europe.
lol well there you go. The Danes have a very particular language and loyalty to each other. I also think it's why the Norwegians and Swedes and even many Danes say Danish is a garbage language. They make it so distinct in sound from Norwegian and Swedish that it really is quite terrible to hear it's all based on old norse but pronunciation is terribly different.

Maybe you should try Scandinavia and see if you feel at home here. Scandinavians are pretty welcoming but I will say they do

@egrogan incredible story. I think everything happens for a reason, even the painful ones. Maybe you werent meant to make this great change, move away and meet that homeless man to help you. I really believe God sends up people we are meant to meet at different stages in our lives to learn, grow and know there is hope. And to bring us to where we're meant to be. It doesnt always have to make sense but we get there!

With everything going on with my ex, I met two men randomly. One in London and one on a bus ride to Copenhagen. We exchanged stories and spoke. The one in London was struggling with overcoming an ex who was a lovely person but distance was too much and how he has a moral code and he finds it sad that today's way is just fast and loose without self respect or actively thinking about the choices you make, just take and do and dont care about the consequences. It's all about feeling good in the moment, not thinking about the road ahead. We exchanged a lot of stories and he showed me there are far better men out there than the one I was broke up with and there is better waiting for me. The other man on the bus had lived in Africa for a few years, married a psychopathic African woman and had a child. We exchanged stories and I helped him see that the psychopathic woman choosing him wasnt a sign that he is weak but a sign of his character and who he is as a person. He is someone who works to understand and work through problems without blaming or pointing fingers. Really good soul. I told him psychopaths dont go after weak, stupid, or unsuccessful people. They prey on the best they can find and think they can keep. They go for big hearts and smart people who may be naive to their manipulation and conditioning. He also told me "you deserve so much better than what has happened to you," and "he never truly loved you if he could do all those things, when I love a woman she is the only one I want." And he said "better is coming for you, dont lose faith in that." And I told him the same. Better is coming, have faith even when it is dark.

I've had a few ugly relationships. Truly this last one is by far the best, and the break up the cleanest I've ever had. I think women learn to love themselves with more fierce determination with each one. I think you learn to be more independent and to stand for yourself, your value and who you are with less sway. I also think women figure out it is better being alone without someone lying to my face and disrespecting them with selfishness. Being able to focus on themselves, their interests and what makes them passionate. I think it's important for women to prioritize themselves. It's too easy in relationships to prioritize the relationship or the other person.
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post #1968 of 2029 Old 06-11-2019, 04:42 AM
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When it comes to relationships, I admit that I have never been the most trusting of people. In fact, I have only had one true relationship: my husband. At an early age, I realized that many handsome, outgoing men have been around and slept around, so I deliberately became more interested in the 'less handsome' men who were shy. You know the type: the geeky, nerdy ones who have a hard time expressing themselves and stutter when around a pretty girl. Perhaps not a fool-proof system, but it saved me lots of problems, I dare say.

But, now I am on the flip side and have a shy, geeky-nerdy son. And I have to wonder whether a nice girl will ever pay attention to him. (shoulder-shrug emoji) Oh, the karma of it all!
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lol I liked the shy, nerdy-geeky guys and they were still players! I had the same theory that maybe the shy, geeky less attractive but not unattractive guys would be better, sadly no I wish it were a fool-proof system. I think I was just more fooled and dumb founded when I found the truth. I like engineers and scientists because I like having something to learn, as well as talk to someone about but dare I say I think those shy guys when they gain a little confidence have something to prove and sometimes sleep around. Vs the more confident ones when they grow up are like well I've done that, I have nothing to prove. That wasnt right of me and learn from it and are confident when with a strong, independent and attractive woman vs the shy ones might lose confidence and seek confidence else where or not feel good enough to be with you and do things to make it so. Anymore I'm more trusting of a secure, confident man who knows himself, what he wants and doesnt hide or beat around the bush. The shy ones are harder to read and arent as direct. Though I have quite a few shy, geeky but secure and confident male friends who are just A+ awesome and havent really found someone because they're not really looking and prefer to be alone than with a girl who will use and mistreat them. It's so hard for both sexes, I think

I hope your son isnt that type and grows into a good man who honestly respects women. But I think if he's a good young man with a good heart and is honest, then he'll grow into a good man. Good upbringing helps but then is their choice. I think nerdy guys sometimes gets used and taken advantage of like good girls but I think in the end they end up happier and more fulfilled. If they stay to their core of doing right by others.

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For me I wasn't very trusting of men who tried to impress me or seemed wonderful. I just knew that everyone has faults, and it seemed false to try to appear more sensitive or caring about things just to get someone interested in you.

When I met my husband, it was obvious he was completely real. He told me a couple weeks after we started dating that he had been fired, because he wasn't willing to be on call 24/7 for a low paying job. When we went to the laundromat together, he told me I folded terribly and had a lot to learn. Not teasing, completely serious. He was like these are my faults, and I see yours too, but these are my good qualities and you're the most incredible woman I've ever met.

My favorite thing he said was that he wanted me to have dreams, and he would support them, and he hoped I would support his dreams too. So I trusted him, gave him two years to be certain before getting married, and did not go wrong. My dreams were of horses, and his were of traveling, and we both support each other in those things.
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